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“Come here to have the real croissant and baguette - Forget Paris!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Le Banneton

Le Banneton
Rue Nokeokoumane BP 568 Ban Mixay, Vientiane, Laos
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Ranked #20 of 236 Restaurants in Vientiane
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Delicatessen, French
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: This bakery and cafe is the Vientiane, Laos, location of the "Le Banneton" in Luang Pra Bang, Laos, location that has already been set up in reviews.
Newcastle, Australia
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“Come here to have the real croissant and baguette - Forget Paris!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

I could not believe I have had my best croissant in 20 years in Laos! In PAris (and most of France), boulangeries have become shops selling soggy baguettes prepared elsewhere (maybe in a large factory), and croissants are way too buttery, lacking that golden shell and light inside. I have been in Paris, in Nice, in Grenoble, but I was oh so disappointed! Le Petit Dejeuner in the morning was a too soft baguette, with no crispy outside and a sponge-like inside, plus customary small hotel size industrial butter and too sweet jam. What a change in Le Banneton. This is France 20 or 30 years ago, when your boulangerie was the real thing. Croissants are the real thing, not too greasy, not soggy, but fluffy and crispy as well. Baguettes are light as feathers, and you can have them filled with all you want. Cappuccino comes in 1 size, as it should. Originally, double cappuccino (or large) did not exist! The same is tue for Espresso or black coffee. Everything is the way it was, before globalization, Starbucks and Maccas. Do allow me to be romantic about the old times! Not everything that is novel is good. Some past customs were good, and Laos is one place where these good things can be still found. I hope it will not be ruined by the global brands. But I see that many tourists there are different, some very "cultural" (mostly the middle aged and single women), others are there for a cheap beer and cheap cost of living, others are there for a sort of communalist utopia (the young). I hope Laos stays the destination for the "different", as these tourists bring wealth but not arrogance and uniformitarianism.
Eventually, if you are in Ventiane, choose a hotel with no breakfast and head to Le Banneton!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Food OK, service uninspiring”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

The food is ok, but by no means was it sensational. The service was noticeably uninspiring. It is quite an art for a waitress to move that slowly and look that discontented. We only wanted lunch and coffee, but felt somehow we were not very welcome. And to be clear, this wasn't just us, it was anyone who had the audacity to enter the cafe! Even had the food been sensational, I think the memory of the desultory service would have lingered more.

Visited December 2012
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Perth, Australia
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8 restaurant reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Best baguette and croissant outside of Europe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

We had lunch twice and breakfast once in Le Banneton and thoroughly enjoyed it. Pity the coffee was only ordinary.

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Pottsville, Australia
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“Yum yum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

The coffee was coffee and the croissants were croissants. Well worth a visit. Food and service was great.

Visited December 2012
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Great croissants & bread but....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012 via mobile

Unlike other cafes in Vientiane, Baberon has the best croissants but the coffee is very average and no Wifi - two ingredients that can make all the difference.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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